epiphany.

April 30, 2015 § Leave a comment

“Looking into the spirit of others is sometimes like looking into a pond. Though we aim to see what’s deep in the bottom, we are often distracted by our own reflection.” – Katina Ferguson

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Havasu National Wildlife Refuge

Havasu National Wildlife Refuge

http://www.tripadvisor.com/LocationPhotoDirectLink-g32769-d532014-i66461760-Havasu_National_Wildlife_Refuge-Needles_California.html

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“Do you ever feel that way?”
“Lonely?”
I search for the words. “Restless. As if you haven’t really met yourself yet. As is you’d passed yourself once in the fog, and your heart leapt – ‘Ah! There I Am! I’ve been missing that piece!’ But it happens too fast, and then that part of you disappears into the fog again. And you spend the rest of your days looking for it.”
He nods, and I think he’s appeasing me. I feel stupid of having said it. It’s sentimental and true, and I’ve revealed a part of myself I shouldn’t have.
“Do you know what I think?” Kartik says at last.
“What?”
“Sometimes, I think you can glimpse it in another.” – Libba Bray

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Mt. Tipton Wilderness in the Cerbat Mountains

Mt. Tipton Wilderness in the Cerbat Mountains

http://www.basinandrangewatch.org/WhiteHillsWind.html

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“Blessed are those with cracks in their broken heart because that is how the light gets in.” – Shannon Alder

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Hualapai Peak

Hualapai Peak

http://www.summitpost.org/hualapai-peak/291817

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“As I turned to leave, I looked down. Beside my foot, a sprout of greenery was clawing its way through the pristine nothingness to begin anew. It was later that I realized my haven had sent me a message, and it had shown me that nothing is ever completely lost, unless you cease searching.” – J.D. Stroube

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Mount Tipton Wilderness Marble Canyon

Mount Tipton Wilderness Marble Canyon

http://www.wildernesslandtrust.org/news/mount-tipton-wilderness-areas-marble-canyon-to-remain-a-hikers-haven/

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“We fit the pieces of our life together in a pattern,
but there is no image on the puzzlebox to guide us.” – Michael Hogan

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Indian Point on Hualapai Reservation

Indian Point on Hualapai Reservation

http://www.aaanativearts.com/united-states-tribes-a-z/ustribesh-j/2199-hualapai-indian-tribe-index.html#axzz3YnmSgBv1

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“Well, sometimes love seems easy. Like … it’s easy to love rain … and hawks. And it’s easy to love wild plums … and the moon. But with people, seems like love’s a hard thing to know. It gets all mixed up. I mean, you can love one person in one way and another person in another way. But how do you know you love the right one in every way?”

“I’m not sure, but I think you’ll know. I think if it’s the right person, it’ll be better than rain and hawks and wild plums. Even better than the moon. I think it’ll be better than all that put together.” – Billie Letts

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Mount Tipton Wilderness

Mount Tipton Wilderness

http://www.basinandrangewatch.org/WhiteHillsWind.html

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“Whereas life separates meaning from emotion, art unites them. Story is an instrument by which you create such epiphanies at will, the phenomenon known as aesthetic emotion…Life on its own, without art to shape it, leaves you in confusion and chaos, but aesthetic emotion harmonizes what you know with what you feel to give you a heightened awareness and a sureness of your place in reality.” – Robert McKee

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view.

April 22, 2015 § Leave a comment

“Its all about perspective, that is how you look at things. Your own thoughts and outlook defines whether an experience, event, situation whatever is good or bad. And your definition determines your response.” – Stella Payton

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Narrows Zion NP

Narrows Zion NP

http://www.tripadvisor.com/LocationPhotoDirectLink-g143057-d103399-i121998589-The_Narrows-Zion_National_Park_Utah.html

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“I’m convinced that the best solutions are often the ones that are counterintuitive – that challenge conventional thinking – and end in breakthroughs. It is always easier to do things the same old way…why change? To fight this, keep your dissatisfaction index high and break with tradition. Don’t be too quick to accept the way things are being done. Question whether there’s a better way. Very often you will find that once you make this break from the usual way – and incidentally, this is probably the hardest thing to do—and start on a new track your horizon of new thoughts immediately broadens. New ideas flow in like water. Always keep your interests broad – don’t let your mind be stunted by a limited view.” – Nathaniel Wyeth

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Zion Narrows

Zion Narrows

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“Memory is like patches of sunlight in an overcast valley, shifting with the movement of the clouds. Now and then the light will fall on a particular point in time, illuminating it for a moment before the wind seals up the gap, and the world is in shadows again.” – Twan Eng Tan

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Zion Lower Emerald Pools Trail

Zion Lower Emerald Pools Trail

http://www.allzion.com/trails/lower_emerald_pools_trail.php

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“I am grateful for the rare opportunities to look at my circumstances from a higher perspective, one detached from the dim outlook I normally insist on seeing. These periodic glimpses show me life’s grandeur.” – Richelle E. Goodrich

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Zion National Park stream

Zion National Park stream

http://travel.aarp.org/destinations/united-states/zion-national-park/

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“Humor can make a serious difference. In the workplace, at home, in all areas of life – looking for a reason to laugh is necessary. A sense of humor helps us to get through the dull times, cope with the difficult times, enjoy the good times and manage the scary times.” – Steve Goodier

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Zion NP Climbing up to Angel's Landing

Zion NP Climbing up to Angel’s Landing

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“Closing your eyes won’t make the awfulness go away. It may be that nothing will. But dwelling on it, dreading the evil, playing out the misery in your head – doesn’t this feed the monster? You can’t close your eyes to life, but you can choose where your gaze lingers.” – Richelle E. Goodrich

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elegance.

April 6, 2015 § Leave a comment

“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” – Clare Booth Luce

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Ute Mountain

Ute Mountain

http://www.pewtrusts.org/en/imported-old/other-resources/2012/03/07/featured-wilderness-ute-mountain-and-rio-grande-gorge

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“To live content with small means; to seek elegance rather than luxury, and refinement rather than fashion, to be worthy, not respectable, and wealthy, not rich; to study hard, think quietly, talk gently, act frankly, to listen to stars and birds, to babes and sages, with open heart, to bear all cheerfully, to all bravely await occasions, hurry never. In a word, to let the spiritual unbidden and unconscious grow up through the common. This is to be my symphony.” – William Henry Channing

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 Truth or Consequences

Truth or Consequences

http://www.strengthinperspective.com/index.html#/Pictures-USA/NewMexico-51/NewMexico.html

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“Elegance is not an outer quality, but a part of the soul that is visible to others.” – Paul Coelho

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Organ Mountains

Organ Mountains

http://wilderness.org/it%E2%80%99s-official-new-mexicos-organ-mountains-desert-peaks-our-newest-national-monument

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“I want to listen to accomplished women scarred by sexism that still walk in elegance and kindness; hear powerful men that have a heart to serve. I want to talk to the brokenhearted that still believe in love; I want to listen to people that laugh even when they hurt. You live God’s grace without even knowing it and to me, you’re the best of all of us.” – Lee Goff

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Aguirre Spring Campground

http://www.blm.gov/wo/st/en/prog/more/Landscape_Approach/reas/chichuahuan.html

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“Picture the mind like a waterfall, they said: the water is the torrent of thoughts and emotions; mindfulness is the space behind the waterfall. Again, elegant theory – but, easier said than done.” – Dan Harris

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Organ Mountains

Organ Mountains

http://www.hechoonline.com/omdpdesignation/

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“One of the points of being alive is we get to pay attention. We get to both participate in and observe this weird universe that is simultaneously like stunningly elegant and completely heartless.” – John Green

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New Mexico aerial

New Mexico aerial

http://www.smithsonianchannel.com/shows/aerial-america/701

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“These examples, and those that surround us every day, are why creational thinking, not critical thinking, should be our ultimate goal in education. Critical thinking is a skill that allows us to steer a valuable course through a known problem. It engages a problem-solving skill set but stops short of what is possible. If problem solving and critical thinking are the goals of education, the bar is too low. Creational thinking, the use of content while branching into the unknown, leads to the possibility of truly elegant solutions. That is where the bar needs to be, particularly in light of the challenges that lie ahead for us.” – Grant Lichtman

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Northern New Mexico

Northern New Mexico

http://beyondtaos.com/

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“All I want is to cultivate curiosity. Yes, my old friend remains undiminished even now: the simple yearning to know. If these students cannot tell a xylem from a phloem, it will not unduly handicap their college hopes or impede their careers. But their lives will depend entirely on whether they possess wonder, an eye for beauty. For many people, the unknown is something to fear. Instead I want to give my students the humility to believe that anything they do not understand therefore possesses an elegant magic.” – Stephen Kiernan

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